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Scholarships for UK students from ethnic minorities

Scholarships aimed at students with ethnic minority backgrounds are available in a number of subjects to study across universities in the UK...

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Scholarships for students from ethnic minorities offer financial support throughout their time at university. This might be in the form of a tuition fee waiver, a grant to help with living expenses or a mix of the two.

Some universities and organisations refer to these scholarships as being offered to 'BME' (Black and Minority Ethnic) or 'BAME' students (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic). For the most part, the scholarships below are for students from all ethnic minorities in the UK (unless specified otherwise) and, unlike normal Student Loans, these will never have to be repaid. Ever.

However, this is not an exhaustive list of all the scholarships available to ethnic minority students in the UK, so if none of these apply to you, don't be put off. This is just to give you an idea of what's out there!

We've also got a whole guide on other sources of bursaries and scholarships that you might have forgotten about!

Ethnic minority scholarships, grants and bursaries

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A word on terminology – whether the award on offer is a 'grant', 'bursary', or 'scholarship', it is always non-repayable. Bursaries and scholarships tend to be funded by universities, private companies, charities or individuals whereas grants tend to come from the government. But not always!

The word 'grant' in the context of this guide refers to any amount of money that isn't repayable as none of the awards below are government-funded. We're using terminology fairly interchangeably here, but all you need to remember is that none of these will ever need to be paid back.

We've also got information on how Student Finance works if you're thinking of going to university as a part-time student.

Amos Bursary

The Amos Bursary is comprised of two different awards: the actual Amos Bursary and the Kings, UCL and BPP Scholarships.

Amos Bursary

Eligibility criteria: Male students of African and Caribbean descent who are currently in Year 12 and who are applying for a course at any university.

Award amount: The award provides financial support for students throughout their time at university and post-graduation.

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Kings, UCL and BPP Scholarships

Eligibility criteria: Male students of African and Caribbean descent who are currently in Year 13 and who are applying to King's College London, University College London or BBP University.

Award amount: The award provides financial support for students throughout their time at university and post-graduation.

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Bank of England African-Caribbean Scholarship

A scholarship for students wanting to pursue a career in Finance or Banking via the Bank of England.

Eligibility criteria: Students must be from a Black, Mixed African or Caribbean background who have applied to one of the bank’s Early Careers Internships. They should also have a household income of less than £50,000 per year.

Award amount: The award is worth £5,000 for one academic year of study, and is intended to cover living expenses and other study-related costs.

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BAME Postgraduate scholarships – University of Leicester

The University of Leicester’s College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities is offering scholarships to postgraduate students from ethnic minorities to increase diversity in academia.

Five awards will be made to students applying for a distance learning course, and five will be made to students applying for a campus-based course.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants should be students eligible for domestic student status holding an offer of a place to study a master's degree at the University of Leicester in one of the following disciplines:

  • Law
  • Archaeology and Ancient History
  • Criminology
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Museum Studies
  • History
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Media and Communication
  • Sociology
  • Modern Languages
  • History of Art
  • English.

Award amount: The awards include a full tuition fee waiver and academic support and mentoring.

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Barbara Raw English Scholarship for Black UK Students –Royal Holloway, University of London

One scholarship is available for a new undergraduate student studying for a single or joint honours degree in the Department of English.

Eligibility criteria: Black UK students who have achieved or are expected to achieve AAA in their A Levels or the equivalent, and wish to study a selected degree in English. Applicants must also hold a current conditional or unconditional offer to study at Royal Holloway.

Award amount: The award is worth £6,000 and payable over three years.

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The Black Heart Scholars Programme – The Black Heart Foundation

Several scholarships are available to students at all stages of higher education and can help applicants with the costs of a classroom-based degree or with the costs of experiential education (eg. research or fieldwork). Awards are for students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and as such are not solely focused on ethnic background.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants should present a clear case of financial need. The programme supports candidates undertaking studies primarily in the UK or in the USA, but the Foundation is open to considering other locations.

Award amount: The amount awarded will be based on a case-by-case basis and may cover tuition fees, living expenses and other education-related costs.

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Christie's Education BAME Scholarship

The Christie’s Education Trust provides two full scholarships for students from an ethnic minority background who wish to study a master's in Art, Law and Business or a master's in History of Art and Art World Practice.

Eligibility criteria: Students must hold an offer on a relevant master's course, be an ordinary UK resident and be able to demonstrate financial need.

Award amount: The awards include full tuition fee waivers.

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Clair Prosser Bursary, Journalism Diversity Fund – National Council for the Training of Journalists

The Claire Prosser bursary is awarded each year to an applicant who wishes to pursue a career in broadcast or digital journalism.

The scholarship is not exclusively focused on ethnic backgrounds, but is open to all applicants whose social class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or other individual circumstance (e.g. they spent their childhood in foster care or are a single parent) is underrepresented in newsrooms in the UK.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants must have secured a place on a postgraduate NCTJ-accredited course, be British citizens residing in the UK and have a range of journalism-related work experience other than experience on a student newspaper.

Award amount: The award includes £6,000 and a work experience opportunity with BBC News, Press Association and Wire Free Productions.

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Diversity100 PhD Studentships – Birkbeck, University of London

The University of Birkbeck is offering five studentships for PhD students to undertake academic research in any discipline.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants should be new PhD students from ethnic minorities who ordinarily reside in the UK and are eligible for domestic student status.

Award amount: Awards cover all tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend for living expenses for up to three years full time, or five years part-time.

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Frank Olufemi Akindolie Medical Scholarship

This is a privately funded scholarship aimed at supporting UK medical students from ethnic minorities. In exceptional circumstances, more than one scholarship award may be made.

Eligibility criteria: Full-time students from ethnic minorities who are already studying at a UK medical school. Students currently at secondary school who are either still considering a career in medicine or holding an offer to start medical school in the future are not eligible to apply.

Award amount: The award is worth £1,500 and also includes a one-year-long mentorship.

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George Viner Memorial Fund bursary – National Union of Journalists

This bursary supports students from ethnic minorities who wish to pursue a career in journalism.

Eligibility criteria: Students from ethnic minorities who have received a formal offer for an NUJ recognised media course.

Award amount: Applicants may request a bursary covering realistic costs related to completing the course, including tuition fees, accommodation, travel expenses, books etc. Successful candidates will also receive mentorship and career guidance throughout their course.

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Law Society Diversity Access Scheme

The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme supports 10 people every year from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds who want to become solicitors.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants must be unable to finance the cost of their legal practice course (LPC) fees due to circumstances linked to race, class, sexuality, religion, disability, ongoing health issues or other personal circumstances.

Award amount: The award includes a bursary to fund the LPC, work experience and mentoring support.

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The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Awards – University of Law

The Lord Blunkett Widening Access Awards aren't exclusively focused on applicants' ethnic background. They're offered to 25 students whose "circumstances may otherwise prevent them from completing their studies" with the intent of promoting greater diversity in the workplace.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants should have received an offer for a place at the University of Law's undergraduate Criminology, Law or Policing courses and must have obtained a minimum of BBB at A Level (or equivalent).

Award amount: Awards are worth £1,000 or more.

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Music Scholar’s Fee Waiver – Goldsmiths University of London

This award aims to support a student from an ethnic minority who intends to progress through postgraduate study and into an academic research position in music.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants from ethnic minorities who hold domestic student status.

Award amount: The successful applicant will be awarded a full tuition fee waiver.

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The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship

These scholarships are provided by the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation and are available to students at all levels of higher education.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants should be students from an ethnic minority who are starting on a new full-time course at any level of higher education in one of the following disciplines:

  • Law
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Other creative disciplines (including Fashion and Media)
  • Multi-sector disciplines
  • Any other industry encouraging Black leadership in the UK.

Award amount: The award will cover costs related to education and the successful applicants will also have the opportunity to be mentored by leaders in their respective fields.

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Open Futures Scholarships – Open University

The Open University offers a number of scholarships for students from ethnic minorities studying any discipline at undergraduate level.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants from an ethnic minority with a household income of no more than £25,000 a year who are UK residents and are eligible for domestic student status. Applicants should also be new undergraduate students who do not already hold a higher education qualification, and who are studying at least 30 credits per academic year.

Award amount: The awards are worth £1,000 each. You’ll receive a payment of £500 in each of your first two years of academic study which can be used to cover tuition fees or living expenses.

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Oxford-Arlan Hamilton and Earline Butler Sims Scholarship – University of Oxford

This scholarship supports one student from a Black African or Caribbean background studying any discipline at the University of Oxford.
Eligibility criteria: Applicants must be new students studying at undergraduate level who are ordinarily resident in the UK, are eligible for domestic student status and are of Black African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage).

Applications will not be considered from those applying for a second undergraduate degree.

Award amount: The award covers course fees (at the domestic student rate) and offers a grant for living expenses during three or four years depending on the length of the course. Medical students will only receive funding for the first four years of their degree. An internship grant of up to £3,000 will also be available.

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Royal Academy of Engineering Scholarships

The Royal Academy of Engineering offers three funds for undergraduates wishing to pursue a career in engineering.

The scholarships aren't exclusively aimed at students from ethnic minority backgrounds, but the Academy especially encourages students from underrepresented backgrounds or circumstances to apply.

Engineering Leaders Scholarships

Eligibility criteria: Students must be undergraduates enrolled at a UK university.

Award amount: Awards are worth £5,000, to be used over the three years of their course and to be put towards career personal development activities.

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The Lord Bhattacharyya Higher Education Bursary

Eligibility criteria: A Level and BTEC students across the West Midlands who wish to study an undergraduate engineering degree at a UK university.

Award amount: The award is worth £15,000.

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Sir Ralph Robins Scholarships

When applying for an Engineering Leaders Scholarship, students may also apply for the Sir Ralph Robins Scholarship (SRRS) as part of their application.

Eligibility criteria: Students must be undergraduates enrolled at a UK university.

Award amount: Successful applicants will receive an additional £5,000 to put towards tuition fees and an optional 10-week or one-year paid internship at Rolls-Royce Plc.

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Royal College of Music BAME Scholarships

Three scholarships are awarded to students from ethnic minorities by the Royal College of Music (RCM) every year.

Eligibility criteria: Students must be from an ethnic minority, be a UK national and eligible to pay domestic student fees. They should be applying for the Bachelor of Music course and be attending an audition or interview during the college's main London audition period.

Award amount: Awards are worth up to the value of full fees for each year of the course and can be used either to cover tuition fees or to help with living costs.

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Stormzy Scholarship for Black UK students – Cambridge University

The much-acclaimed Stormzy scholarship provides support for one Black student to attend Cambridge to pursue an undergraduate degree in a discipline of their choice.

Eligibility criteria: Candidates must also have a confirmed place at Cambridge to study a first undergraduate degree, be eligible for full financial support from Student Finance for both a Tuition Fees Loan and a Maintenance Loan and be from one of the following ethnicities:

  • Black African
  • Black Caribbean
  • Black Other
  • White and Black Caribbean
  • Any other mixed Black background.

Award amount: The award will cover tuition fees and provide a grant to help cover living expenses for up to four years of undergraduate study.

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Toledo Scholarships – National Film and Television School

The NFTS awards scholarships annually to ethnic minority students who wish to enrol on an NFTS master's programme.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants should be from an ethnic minority and be UK permanent residents who are eligible for domestic student status. They should apply for the scholarship both years of the course.

Award amount: Awards cover tuition fees and may be worth between £1,000 and £10,000.

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UK BAME Studentships in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary University (QMUL) is also offering bursaries to students wishing to pursue study in the Humanities at postgraduate level.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants must be from an ethnic minority and eligible to pay Home fees. They must have been accepted on a Humanities master's degree and be a graduate of QMUL.

Award amount: Awards include a full tuition fee waiver and a stipend to cover living expenses.

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UK BAME Studentships in the Humanities – University of Oxford

The Humanities Division of the University of Oxford is offering studentships for students from ethnic minorities who are studying at postgraduate level.

Eligibility criteria: Ethnic minority students pursuing a master's degree (MSt, MSc, MPhil or BPhil) in the Humanities.

Award amount: Studentships cover Tuition fees and provide a grant for living expenses at UK Research Council rates. Awards are made for the full duration of the student's course.

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Walcot Foundation Scholarships

The Walcot Foundation offers scholarships to students from the London Borough of Lambeth to support them through university.

Townsend Scholarship

This scholarship supports students from ethnic minorities living in the borough of Lambeth, London, who have received an offer at a Russell Group university.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants should live in Lambeth and have lived in the borough for at least one year, be from a low-income household and have accepted an offer from a Russell Group university. There is also a separate scholarship for those who have been offered a place at a university that isn't a Russell Group university for their first degree. Click here for more information.

Award amount: Awards are worth £1,000 per term for three years (£9,000 in total).

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Windsor Scholarship – University College London

This scholarship supports postgraduate students from ethnic minorities studying a research degree in selected academic disciplines.

Eligibility criteria: Candidates should be applying for a research degree at UCL in the Arts and Humanities, Social and Historial Sciences or Brain Sciences. They should also be permanent UK residents eligible for domestic student status from one of the following backgrounds:

  • Black (Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British)
  • Pakistani (Pakistani or Pakistani British, or Pakistani Mixed or Pakistani Mixed British)
  • Bangladeshi (Bangladeshi or Bangladeshi British, or Bangladeshi Mixed or Bangladeshi Mixed British).

Award amount: The award covers tuition fees and includes a stipend for living expenses plus an additional grant for research costs (e.g. conferences, field-work) of up to £1,000 per year. Awards are offered for the entire duration of the applicant's degree but do not cover the final completing research stage (where UCL does not charge tuition fees). The award also includes a personal and professional development support package.

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Even if you're not eligible for any of these scholarships, don't give up. Having a Student Loan isn't as big a risk as everyone thinks.

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